By R. Alan Tate, Jr., Film Critic
Jamie Foxx, best known to mainstream America for playing comedic roles in the Jamie Foxx Show, has come into his own with the hauntingly realistic portrayal of Ray Charles. In the film, Ray, Foxx not only takes us back to the heights of Charles’ career, but he gives us a peek behind the curtain to see the flaws of a brilliant performer. You feel the ups and downs of Charles’ career and personal life in a “nothing to hide” tribute. From the moment that a young Charles finally learns to trust his remaining senses and embrace them, to his tumultuous relationships with the women in his life, Foxx pulls you in and refuses to let you go.
There is a strong supporting cast to bolster this star vehicle for Foxx; however, Regina King stands out with the performance of her underrated career. The interplay between Foxx and King, as his mistress, is one of the best in a long time. Look for these two to bring us even more in the future. Overall, this is a wonderful movie that is a triumph of the human spirit. There is a lull when the director glosses over Charles’ heroin addiction, but the movie keeps you entertained throughout. This portrait is a star-making role for Foxx. Let’s hope that there is more to come from this budding young star.